Milford Mill boys rout Stephen Decatur

Class 3A state semifinal: No. 5 Milford Mill 69, Stephen Decatur 41

Hamilton's 16 points lead way for No. 5 Millers, who will face Thomas Stone

March 11, 2010|By Glenn Graham |

COLLEGE PARK — It took a couple of minutes for the Milford Mill boys basketball team to settle into Thursday's Class 3A state semifinal against Stephen Decatur, but, once they got comfortable, it was apparent the No. 5 Millers had the goods to make a return trip to Comcast Center for Saturday's championship.

Quicker and more athletic behind a strong inside performance from senior forward Jimmy Hamilton, the Millers gained an early advantage and had an answer for every challenge presented by their Worcester County opponent to come away with a 69-41 win.

Hamilton scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds; Isaiah McCray, Anthony Goode and Troy Branch finished with nine points each; and the Millers (24-3) had 12 players score in all.

Milford Mill -- the Baltimore County and North regional champ -- will try to add the program's fourth state title Saturday when it faces Thomas Stone -- a 76-53 winner over Blake in Thursday's other semifinal -- at 3 p.m.

"I've been dreaming about this since Day One of my freshman year," said McCray, a senior forward. "We've just been working so hard, and it's great to have this opportunity. It's an unbelievable feeling."

After missing their first seven shots of the game, the Millers got on track offensively with Hamilton leading the way. He scored the team's first six points and finished with eight in the first quarter, and the Millers' defense and rebounding -- dominant throughout -- did the rest to build a 12-4 lead after one quarter that stretched to a 28-15 halftime advantage.

Taking a 49-29 lead after the third quarter, the Milford Mill was able to clear its bench for much of the fourth.

"We have so many different weapons, teams can't try to key on one player," Hamilton said. "One game I may get 15 points, and the next game it may be somebody else getting 15 points -- we have too many options."

Thomas Stone 76, Blake 53: Senior forward Stephen Battle scored a game-high 25 points and finished with 10 rebounds, and senior center Dytania Johnson added 18 points as the Cougars (22-4) from Charles County advanced to their fifth state title game in a bid to win their second crown Saturday.

MM -- Hamilton 16, McCray 9, Miller 4, Goode 9, Branch 9, Hanner 8, Johnson 3, Jackson 2, Jones 3, Fulp 2, Cormier 2, Reid 2. Totals: 34 4-16 69.
SD -- Purnell 5, Lubeski 3, Johnson 14, Andrews 4, Engle 4, Foreman 3, Swistak 2, Powell 4, Wilson 2. Totals: 18 9-16 41.
Half: MM, 28-15.

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